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Black activits condemn Anti-Rice hate speech

from the but-it's-ok-from-the-left dept.

Here's an interesting press release from the black conservative organization Project 21 regarding the racist attacks that Condi Rice has undergone during the last few days and about the Black Leadership's conspicuous silence on the matter. I love this stuff:

President Bush's nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary
of state has resulted in harsh liberal criticism that members
of the black leadership network Project 21 consider racist.

Along with their condemnations of offensive commentators and
cartoonists, Project 21 members also are critical of self-professed
civil rights leaders who are remaining silent on current and
previous racial attacks on black Bush Administration officials.

Over the past few months, and
peaking this week with her appointment, cartoonists have been
using Dr. Rice's race as a point of ridicule. Demeaning political
cartoons by Pat Oliphant and Jeff Danziger accentuate Dr. Rice's
black features and feature her speaking in rural southern dialect.
Garry Trudeau called her "Brown Sugar" in his "Doonesbury"
comic strip. Earlier this year, cartoonist Ted Rall questioned
Dr. Rice's race in a comic suggesting she was President Bush's
"house nigga" and needed "racial re-education."
Universal Press Syndicate distributes Oliphant, Trudeau and Rall.
The New York Times distributes Danziger.

On November 17, radio host
John "Sly" Sylvester called Dr. Rice "Aunt Jemima"
and secretary of state Colin Powell "Uncle Tom" on
his WTDY (Madison, Wisconsin) radio show. Sylvester, who also
is the station's program director, is refusing to apologize,
but has said, "I will apologize to Aunt Jemima." The
station's owner, the Mid-West Broadcast Group, is declining to
discipline him.

In late October, a conservative
host at WISN in nearby Milwaukee was suspended for a week for
calling an illegal Mexican immigrant a "wetback."

While some local leaders have
condemned Sylvester's comments, the Madison chapter of the NAACP
has so far declined to make a statement. Project 21 asked the
NAACP's national leadership to condemn Rall's racist cartoon
in July, but no action was taken. Jesse Jackson and the National
Association of Black Journalists were also contacted at the time.
They took no action.

"To hear the leftists
tell it, conservative blacks have become the new 'trash class'
of American society," said Project 21 member Michael King.
"And with the continued cricket-filled silence from the
professional civil rights crowd, the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons
give tacit permission and acceptance of such language and tactics."

King's comments are echoed
by Project 21 member Mychal Massie: "The recent racist attacks
and mimicry of Condoleezza Rice are infuriating and despicable.
Even more insufferable is the deafening silence of the elite
liberals. I believe their silence is proof positive of their
personal racist attitudes. Obviously condemning racist attacks
against a man and woman who are conservative and black is not
a worthy undertaking for them."

Project 21, a nonprofit and
nonpartisan organization, has been a leading voice of the African-American
community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi
at (202) 371-1400 x106 or,
or visit Project 21's website at

(Via Everything I know is wrong.)

Check out the Project 21 website

Visited the site for hours. Loved it! The folks over at Project 21 are doing something great, and I think all of us should be aware of it. I've got a number of black friends who find it hard to reconcile their inner sense of right and wrong with how "black America" is told to behave, vote, and act by the media and even black leadership. It's nice to have found a site to recommend to my freinds. Anyhow, everyone should spend some time getting acquainted with the discussion and articles by Project 21.

NAACP is finally denouncing Condoleezza Rice attacks

Take the time to write a short thank you note to NAACP

I just wrote an email saying "thanks" to the NAACP. I went to their website, and cc'd a copy to all of the email addresses listed on the "contact us" page. I wrote: "Thank you! Thank you! Late, but... Thank you! Thank you! Today, I read the following press release:

I know the NAACP does many great things, but due to its strongly leftist politcal positions, I have found it hard to offer my support. However, stepping out and standing up for Ms.Rice has been a breath of fresh air. I hope the organization can continue to stand up for what is right,
regardless of party affiliation. This will engender greater cooperation and support for your organization's future efforts. Admittedly, I'm still waiting for some apologies concerning comments made by NAACP leadership about our
nation's President-even before he bowed out of speaking. However, the Nov. 19th press release has already done leaps and bounds for you in my mind, and I wanted this email to be grateful in nature. So, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!